Hemosiderin hyperpigmentation

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Hemosiderin hyperpigmentation
Hemosiderin staining around and above the ankle as an outcome of chronic hypertension

Hemosiderin hyperpigmentation is a type of pigmentation disorder of the skin, that appears as a brownish color with a golden hue.[1]

It is caused by deposits of hemosiderin in skin.[1] This may occur in purpura, haemochromatosis, hemorrhagic diseases, and stasis dermatitis.[1] Localised hemosiderin hyperpigmentation may occur from a leaking venous catheter.[1] One in five people receiving multiple blood transfusions can develop the condition.[1] Diagnosis is by its appearance and sometimes requiring skin biopsy.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 James, William D.; Elston, Dirk; Treat, James R.; Rosenbach, Misha A.; Neuhaus, Isaac (2020). "36. Disturbances of pigmentation". Andrews' Diseases of the Skin: Clinical Dermatology (13th ed.). Edinburgh: Elsevier. pp. 862–863. ISBN 978-0-323-54753-6. Archived from the original on 2023-03-30. Retrieved 2023-05-06.